'''Shelby Dade Foote, Jr.''' (November 17, 1916 – June 27, 2005) was an American historian and novelist
who wrote ''The Civil War: A Narrative
'', a three-volume history of the war. With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta
, Foote's life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South
to the Civil Rights era of the New South
. Foote was little known to the general public until his appearance in Ken Burns
documentary ''The Civil War (documentary)|The Civil War
'' in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was "central to all our lives."
Foote did all his writing by hand with a Dip pen|nib pen
, disdaining the typewriter.